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Always Feeling Tired? Your Lymphatic System Might To Blame

Always Feeling Tired? Your Lymphatic System Might To Blame

Are you always feeling lethargic, no matter what? Despite motivating yourself, do you struggle to get out of bed every morning? Do you feel exhausted by the simplest of things? Do you need an energy boost to get things done?

If you’ve said yes, at least once, you’re not alone. Owing to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, a majority of us feel tired almost all the time – for no reason at all. And the culprit behind this endless exhaustion might be your lymphatic system.

How The Lymphatic System Is Keeping Us Alive

We all know that we’ve got red and white blood cells swimming inside us and the job of the white blood cells is to protect our bodies from all sorts of harm. The white blood cells, in turn, make up the lymphatic system which is our sort of inbuilt immunity mechanism. Whenever an outside threat (a bacterial infection, dust motes, etc) shows up, the lymphatic system deals with it and neutralizes the threat. In addition to this, it also keeps our bodily fluids in balance and maintains our overall health index.

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This lymphatic system is made up of lymph vessels, lymph nodes along with organs like the spleen, thymus, tonsils and the adenoid glands. It traps the disease-causing agents in its lymphatic fluid and destroys it, thereby keeping the immune system fit and functioning. We’ve all experienced the occasional swellings here and there, particularly the tonsils. That’s your lymphatic system at work.

What A Weak Lymphatic System Can Do To Us

However, given that our lymphatic system plays such an important role, it is imperative to ensure that it works smoothly without any glitches. And the easiest way to achieve that is by sticking to a balanced diet, regular exercise and detoxifying the body whenever possible.

But most of us, wrapped in our busy workaholic lifestyles fail to do these 3 simple things, outlined above. As a result, our lymphatic system works over time and is easily stressed and this is manifested in the form of extreme fatigue. Some common symptoms of a weak lymphatic system include- chronic fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, sore throats, catching colds often, regular viral infections and if left unchecked, can lead to arthritis and cancer formation.

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Cancer is typically formed, when the lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) start malfunctioning and instead of forming antibodies, start multiplying rapidly and produce malignant tumors. In time, they break away from the lymph fluid and attack other organs and start destroying the body.

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    What You Can Do to Improve the Lymphatic System

    However, a weak lymphatic system isn’t  the end of the world and you can improve your condition by strictly following these steps.

    1. Reduce Inflammation:

    Try reducing stress and getting adequate sleep.Try to refrain from smoking and alcohol consumption. Make time for relaxation as well as exercise.

    2. Have a balanced diet designed as per your health needs:

    Instead of choosing a fad weight-loss diet from the internet, consult a dietitian or nutritionist and make a health food chart.

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    3. Take supplements if required:

    Go for omega-3 fish oil, turmeric or vitamin tablets. You can also experiment with different essential oils like lemon, myrrh and frankincense. They improve blood flow and help in detoxification.

    Finally, keep in mind that feeling tired all the time can be due to other health issues and it is best advised to visit a physician soon as possible if you’re suffering from constant fatigue.

    A weak lymphatic system is one of the potential causes, but bear in mind that taking preventive measures is always a safe option for it not only keeps diseases at bay but also keeps you healthy and refreshed throughout the day.

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      Last Updated on May 21, 2020

      The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

      The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

      You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

      Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

      Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

      An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

      Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

      1. The Paleo Diet

      The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

      The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

      In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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      How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

      The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

      With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

      It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

      Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

      2. Whole30

      The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

      With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

      During the month you are eliminating:

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      • sugar
      • alcohol
      • legumes
      • grains
      • dairy
      • soy

      Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

      At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

      Finding Out How Food Impacts You

      Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

      With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

      This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

      3. The Mediterranean Diet

      The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

      For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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      With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

      • Fruits & vegetables
      • Whole grains
      • Legumes & nuts
      • Replacing butter with olive oil
      • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
      • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
      • Moderate amounts of red wine

      Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

      Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

      With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

      4. The Alkaline Diet

      The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

      The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

      Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

      The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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      People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

      One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

      Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

      There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

      The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

      What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

      The Big Takeaway:

      Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

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